February 12, 2019

Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES)

The U.S. Department of State sponsors Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES) exclusively for alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. Alumni TIES is an opportunity for exchange alumni to learn about key regional issues, receive training, collaborate with fellow alumni, and apply for small grants to implement projects in their home communities.

Through Alumni TIES, participants:

  • Identify and form networks with partners for ongoing regional networking and action.
  • Increase their knowledge of U.S. policies and practices related to the thematic focus of the seminar and apply this knowledge within their own community.
  • Develop and implement action plans and apply for small grants to complete their projects.

Alumni TIES take place four times a year in various regions of the world. These 3-4 day seminars address a theme of regional importance and include expert speakers, panels, trainings on project management, site visits, and alumni networking activities. Alumni TIES is implemented in partnership with World Learning.

Participants vary in age and level of expertise, but all are USG exchange alumni who are engaged on the seminar topic. All participants are also highly motivated to create positive change on this topic in their communities.

Participant Selection Process

  • International exchange alumni are nominated by their regional U.S. Embassies based on the theme of the seminar. Final selection is conducted by the State Department’s Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • U.S. citizen exchange alumni interested in domestic TIES events must apply through a competitive, online application process. Final review is conducted by the State Department’s Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Upcoming and Previous International Seminars

Upcoming and Previous U.S. Seminars